Memories not Forgotten
Have you ever had a night that is so unforgettable and wondrous that you often look back on it and wish for such a time to return? This is the case for the speaker in Emily Dickinson’s poem, “Wild Nights – Wild Nights!” The person who wrote this obviously longs to get back with the person with whom they spent these wild nights. The poem cannot be read in a literal sense, the reader must look past the literal meaning into a more figurative and symbolic meaning. In this poem that deeper meaning is of a sexual fantasy. One idea in which this poem can be interpreted as a sexual fantasy is the first 2 stanzas, “Wild Nights – Wild Nights/ Were I with thee/ Wild Nights should be/ Our luxury!” (Lines 1-4). The wild nights mentioned make one think of intimate encounters. Also, since they say, “Were I with thee”, it seems as if they have previously shared one such night. In the work, “A Brief Analysis of the Concept of Love in the Poems of Emily Dickinson”, the authors KE Jian-hua and GE Su make a valid point by saying, “‘Wild Nights should be Our Luxury’ implies that the treasure nights were let freely for the purpose to fulfill each other’s desire (“Luxury” implies lust). What is more, the erotic image is self-evident. According to Freudian research, sea is the symbol of male. As symbols of male and female lovers, the boat and sea coalesce into wild consummated love” (180).
The next part of the poem shows the sense of rebellion that this lover has. They say, “Futile - the- winds/ To a heart in port-” (Lines 5-6). This excerpt is well analyzed by Jian-hua and Su. They said, “Unavailing are the ‘winds’ the obstacles to a ‘heart in port’ which means that whatever the obstacles in life are for these lovers, they are meaningless because their hearts are in port and parked one to another” (180). The next lines, “Done with the Compass- /Done with the chart!” can be interpreted as the sense of carefree rebellion that the speaker possesses. The...
Cited: Jian-Huo, KE, and GE Su. “A Brief Analysis of the Concept of Love in the Poems of Emily Dickinson.” US-China Foreign Language 9.3 (March 2011): 178-82. Ebsco. Web. 13 Feb. 2012.
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